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Ian Norris Wins Appeal Against US Extradition
March 2008, The Telegraph UK, The Times, among others, coverage ongoing

In a "landmark ruling", the House of Lords has unanimously voted that Ian Norris, former head of Morgan Crucible, will not be extradited to the US.  Norris was charged with price-fixing, which was not an extraditable offense between 1989 and 2000, when his crimes allegedly took place.

"We're absolutely delighted that the House of Lords has upheld what we've been saying for more than two years, namely that no criminal offence of price-fixing existed in the UK prior to the enactment of the Enterprise Act and that price-fixing in itself cannot be characterized as the old English common law offence of conspiracy to defraud, " said Alistair Graham, a partner in the Litigation Practice at White & Case in London, who represented Norris.

"The Department of Justice's attempts to extradite Ian on this basis were of grave concern to the UK business community at large, human rights organizations and the political opposition parties," Graham continued.

The case has been closely watched by the political, business and legal communities and the verdict received significant coverage in outlets such as The Financial Times, BBC News, The Independent, The Lawyer and Legal Week.